President and DPP Chair Tsai Ing-wen presided over an election nomination meeting on April 25. Legislative Deputy Speaker Tsai Chi-chang will run for Taichung City mayor.
On the 24th, the Democratic Progressive Party confirmed Legislative Deputy Speaker Tsai Chi-chang as its Taichung City mayor candidate. Tsai began canvassing the following day with the party's city council candidates. In response to criticism that he was campaigning without resigning from his deputy speaker post first, Tsai said he has many titles and if he has to resign, so does every other candidate with other positions.
Tsai Chi-chang, Taichung City Mayor Candidate (DPP): “Many people run for office while holding other positions, including the incumbent mayor. Should she resign to run against me? Everyone has other positions. Some have many positions in both the public and private sectors. Like I said, these are campaign strategy and rhythm issues.”
Tsai got the nod over lawmaker Ho Hsin-chun and former Taichung City Transportation Director Wang Yi-chuan and will run against incumbent Lu Shiow-yen. The DPP is fielding former Toufen City Mayor Hsu Ting-chen in Miaoli County and lawmaker Liu Chien-kuo in Yunlin County. Liu will run against incumbent Chang Li-shan. The Kuomintang's Taichung office says Lu resigned from her legislative seat to run for Taichung City mayor in 2018 and Tsai should do the same.
Lin Min-lin, Commissioner, KMT Taichung Office: “Didn't the DPP use to promote its so-called standard of resigning before running so that the candidate could focus on campaigning? Since that's the case, I hope the DPP won't make the people think they are hypocrites with double standards.”
The DPP's three nominations will be submitted to the party's Central Executive Committee on the 27th for approval. The nine-in-one elections will be held at the end of the year.